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July 2020


This Month: Make Oxford Wilder Happy Birthday James Envious: Clare Bradbury Sports Talk: Ian Gillies Bell Book Review: Claire Meadows The Little Goat Soap Company Churches Together: Fred Ireland The Crafters Emporium Now Open Cycle Park Visit: David Johnston MP Promoting local business, trade and services. Advertise! Be Seen! Call Lou 01367 244975 or 07894 554551


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This Months Cover Sandy Nelson I been living in Watchfield about a year, as an army wife, I've moved around a lot. Where ever I go, I love to share my love of photography and nature in the area where we live. I have two grown up daughters that luckily live close and a grand daughter with another one the way. I have a wonderful dog called Belle, who is very much my loyal friend and comes with me on my walks, looking for nature pics. Â I am unable to talk sadly but my love for nature and my photography keeps me busy, with of course my wonderful family. Our local, Face book group, is also displaying one of Sandys photographs, a stunning photo, with her very much loved companion Belle.

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Following the publication on 30 May of Government guidance on elite sport horseracing was confirmed as one of the first sports to resume, beginning with a fixture behind closed doors at Newcastle Racecourse on Monday 1 June. Significant changes have already been implemented across the sport in training yards, at studs, and on racecourses to ensure strict adherence to social distancing measures and to help reduce the spread of the virus. In the same manner, strict measures have been applied on race days, and the sport has worked together to develop and implement the necessary requirements to provide the safest possible environment for all involved. Like all other sports which had been put in jeopardy, Britain’s 59 racecourses have had no income from racing since March. Trainers have had to rely on the support of their owners to help fund staff who look after the welfare of more than 14,000 racehorses. Horse welfare is at the very heart of British Racing and is the first priority of around the 20,000 people involved in the sport who are mostly from our rural communities. Without healthy, fit, and motivated horses to participate in races, there is no sport. Horse racing in Britain is among the world’s best-regulated animal activities. It indeed looks a bit strange to see these events at spectator empty courses but at least horses are running and their stable staff are working and we can see most of the action on our TV screens. Since the resumption, the good news for our Oxfordshire based trainers including Mark Bradstock, Noel Williams, Ben Case, Paul Webber, Alex Hales, and Alan & Lawney Hill are sending out runners for the first time since the lockdown. At Blewbury Eve Johnson Houghton has started off her season promising with a winner in BILLYHILLY at Lingfield and with one I intend to keep an eye on this season which finished a strong second at Newmarket in TIN HAT. Meantime down the road in the Valley of the Racehorse another outstanding performance came from the yard of Charlie Hills who produced a jaw-dropping 66/1 winner in SHATHA at Newmarket in the opening week. Did you know we have the fastest horse in the World in the region? Well in BATTAASH we have. Charlie Hills' sprinter left all the others standing in the King Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot on Tuesday 16th, and he also took 2nd with EQUILATERAL at 9/1 in the same race. You can check out all the very latest on our Oxfordshire and Lambourn yards, horses and trainers on my website and if you have any local club news you would like to share with our readers at The Advertiser email me via Stay safe everyone.

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The Trauma Cleaner

by Sarah Krasnostein

The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman's Extraordinary Life in Death, Decay & Disaster by Sarah Krasnostein

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I'm so glad to have come across this book. I've never read anything like it, and I've not been able to stop thinking about. I went into it thinking it was going to be something like a police procedural account of crime scenes and the stories behind them. I was wrong. Sandra Pankhurst is a one-woman powerhouse behind a company that tackles some of Australia's worst cleaning jobs - crime scenes, shut-ins and worse. Before reading the book, I'd never given any thought to who cleans crime scenes. I'd always assumed it was the police. It's a sensitive task, performed by those who have strong stomachs, which Sandra and her crew have. But Sandra is more than this. Sandra started life as a neglected boy called Peter, frozen out of his family as an adopted child, left to fend for himself, marrying young, having children. All the while knowing that something was wrong inside him. He leaves his wife and children, and begins to frequent gay bars and drag clubs. He performs as a drag queen, and begins to transition into a woman, at a time when Australian society was at it's most macho. The narrative of Sandra's story is alternated with the stories behind some of her cleaning jobs. It's not a jarring juxtaposition - Sandra's sensitivity binds both narrative strands together. The author's fondness for Sandra shines through, highlighting the best, and mitigating the worst. 1970s and 1980s Australia doesn’t come out of this book very well, and one offers thanks to those few brave individuals surgeons, therapists – who set out to make a difference. The pages on Sandra’s childhood as Peter are horrifying. Why did her parents adopt her if she was only going to end up unwanted and unfed? Peter gets out of there as soon as possible, and spends many, many years in the wilderness. You can't come away from this book feeling anything less than admiration for Sandra's courage and drive. She's lived a million lives in one, scraping rock bottom and feeling the highest highs. She set out to make a difference, and she has - in many ways. This is a book about survival, and about love, in it’s many forms. An unforgettable read. The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman's Extraordinary Life in Death, Decay & Disaster by Sarah Krasnostein is available from all good bookshops. Catch up with more of Claire’s reviews at, and on social media at @thebooktea Read more reviews by Claire Meadows at

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Park Farm has taken the concept of diversification to new levels. Originally a dairy farm, it is now mainly arable and latterly supported sheep. Now there is a herd of Goats. During the summer months, they browse the nearby fields with stunning views, whilst in winter and wet weather they are kept indoors (Goats don’t like water on their backs) Goats will eat most vegetation, a favourite at this time of year is Willow Herb. The farm is the headquarters of The Little Goat Soap Company, set up by owner and Managing Director Jo King and husband Andy in 2012. It was Jo’s mum who originally suggested making goats milk soap as it had a reputation for helping with troublesome skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. It quickly became apparent that the soap was not only very soothing for a number of skin conditions, but with the addition of essential oils it also smelt very pleasant, thus appealing to a wide audience. So she started experimenting with soap formulations in her kitchen, testing them out with friends and family until she hit upon the winning formula. From then on, the business went from strength to strength, and Jo now produces around 600 bars per day, encompassing 13 different varieties including solid shampoo bars. Following the success and the efficiency of the soaps it became apparent that a natural follow on would be a moisturising lotion, for this product the services of a Cosmetic Chemist were engaged and after 9 months of development, rigorous challenge testing, these went into production in 2017. Most recently, and in light of the then emerging Pandemic, Jo managed to obtain a licence to manufacture an alcohol based Hand Sanitiser based upon her own recipe. (not Goat related at all!!) which has proved to be an immensely popular addition to the range. Up until 18 months ago, you could often find The Little Goat Soap Company at many local farmers markets and other events. Nowadays the majority of sales come by way of the company’s website, social media, Amazon and independent stockists, the remainder coming from the shop at the farm. Having started the company quite literally in the kitchen sink, operations have now expanded to take over a whole barn, converted from the original farm building. Park Farm is very much a family business having been in the Viner family for over 100 years, Jo’s parents are still actively farming the land, and are very much a source of advice and knowledge: in addition to The Little Goat Soap Company, Jo’s sister runs the farm’s campsite, and Jo’s husband Andy sells his handmade pen range (Cotswold Pens) through the farm shop, which also stocks other local crafts, greetings cards and giftware.

Shop Opening Times: Friday 12noon – 4pm; Saturday 10am – 2pm. Tel: 01367 810346

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If you are interested in selling your house, now is the time! Since the restrictions were lifted on the property market around a month ago the market has been exceptionally strong, with 30 properties SSTC in this time within our local SN7 postcodes. We want to share that Waymark have contributed to over a third of these sales just in these postcodes. Waymark’s community effort during lockdown. Hopefully by now you will have seen all the wonderful hand painted rainbows in our window display? We asked local children to send in rainbows for us to print and display and we donated £10 for each one we received to our local food banks. Our lovely sales progresser Heather Kay has also been busy making and selling face masks for charity. She has donated over £200 to the local Faringdon food bank. Well done Heather! Thinking of moving? Summer is traditionally regarded as a pretty poor time to sell a house due to people being away on holiday. With the current travel restrictions in place, now is a great time to sell. And our gardens are looking particularly special due to the extra time we have been afforded to tend them throughout lockdown. We have lots of offers on the table we are dealing with, it’s an exceptionally busy time. If you are thinking about moving house, now is the time to do so, please give us a call on 01367 820070 The Waymark Team

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The Crafter Emporium Faringdon Artisan Gifts and cards for all occasions. Jewellery, Ceramics, Face Masks, Cushions, Balloons , Preserves, Traditional Sweets, Honey and Raw Chocolate Open 10 – 2.30 Monday to Saturday Pop in and say hello to Lindsay Portwell Angel Cellar in the Market Place Faringdon

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The Crafters Emporium Faringdon Natasha Martell and her mum had been crafters for many years attending craft fairs and making their sewn and knitted goods for friends and family. Natasha worked in the Etsy shop in Didcot and decided she wanted to give an opportunity to local crafters to be able to sell their artisan gifts to the public and then the shop next to Broadway Butchers in the Broadway became available. With the backing of her daughter Charlotte and husband Andre she went ahead and The Crafters Emporium opened in October 2019 with the help of Lindsay Ann Smith who was the first of 40 crafters to sign up. Each of the craftspeople in the Crafters Emporium pay a monthly pitch fee and then a % is taken on the sales made, this way Natasha is not holding a lot of stock and the crafters can change their stock as they wish. Natasha carefully balances each of the crafts that are on sale so there is always a variety and latest trends are reflected. On the back of the success of Didcot Natasha looked for another town to replicate Didcot Crafters Emporium and came upon Kiera Bentley from Faringdon who had been using the Cellar Portwell Angel at the Crown in the Market Place. Natasha loved Faringdon the people and the traditions of the town and felt that another Crafters Emporium would work well there. After negotiation with the owner they moved in and started setting up with crafters they knew and approaching others that complimented their range. New to the Faringdon shop are some local food traders, Well Preserved jams, marmalades and chutneys, Sherbet Piglet Traditional sweets, Meadow Honey Farm honey, and Chicken Shed raw chocolate. The Crafters Emporium Faringdon run by Lindsay Ann Smith a Co Partner, opened two days before the government lockdown in March. It was gutting for them after all the hard work of preparation, stocking and displaying that they had to close the doors. Three months later, on 15th June they welcomed the opportunity to reopen the doors again and asked Christine Wallace a Great British Bake Off quarter finalist and local resident to cut the ribbon. She was joined by Deputy Mayor Kiera Bentley and Town Councillor and cabinet member for development and regeneration for SODC and Vale of White Horse who all praised Natasha's determination and ambition to open a new shop at such a difficult time and wished her well in Faringdon . The Crafters Emporium Faringdon is open Monday to Saturday 10am - 2.30 facebook Crafters Emporium Faringdon

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Make Oxfordshire Wilder - A Call to Action!

Lesser stag beetle, ruddy darter, rose chafer and six spot burnet moth. Photos by Mark Bradfield. Mark Bradfield is a man on a mission with Sustainable Wantage - to support local wildlife and biodiversity. The group would like more people to get involved with caring for and enjoying our local green spaces. Have a look and consider - how could the spaces around us incorporate more nature? Only together can we make our Vale nature-rich, both for wildlife and for our own wellbeing. Find out how to help survey local wildlife, join in with a community planting event, make changes in your own garden, create wildlife pathways so animals can move around more freely, and take action for hedgehogs, birds, pollinators or frogs. Mark has created a range of resources at the Wild Wantage section of the Sustainable Wantage website. He will also be working in partnership with other local community groups. 'Like' the Sustainable Wantage Facebook page to hear about activities and events and to access useful info. The Wild Wantage project has been awarded sponsorship from Wantage Town Council and is focusing on Wantage. If you would like to set up something similar in your community you are welcome to make use of the resources. You can also contact your local Wildlife Trust for further information. Sustainable Wantage also has a new YouTube channel which includes videos about foraging and easy ways to boost biodiversity.

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07776 359 985 Over the past 3 months Faringdon Viral Kindness have supported 100’s of residents, while we have all lived through these challenging times. Along with FVK all of our local businesses have excelled well above their normal call of duty and have undoubtedly been the pulse behind the heart of keeping Faringdon going through this unprecedented time. One of those people who have been a stalwart rock supporter of our cause is James Famakin, the wonderful gentleman who runs Faringdon Pharmacy. For years, everyone has gone about their business, living their lives, working, shopping, socialising and exercising; I don’t believe anyone of us could have seen the scale of the effects that was about to hit the world. Something as mundane as picking up a prescription became a planned operation when adhering to the Governments restrictions. I think all of us experienced or witnessed the queues outside both our town’s pharmacies, but like the emotions of eagerly waiting for a rollercoaster ride, once inside, your frustration was lifted by the huge beaming smile that greeted you. Regardless of how busy or pressurised James was, he always puts the needs of the customer first. It is this first impression that makes James one of our town’s super heroes. James has worked within our town for many years and has always been there supporting our residents with prescriptions, medical advice or being a friendly face of reassurance whenever needed. His extended opening hours has also always been additional bonus to assist those people returning late from work or those on shifts. As the Covid 19 restrictions were enforced, Faringdon Viral Kindness teamed up with James and Boots to co-ordinate the distribution of prescriptions to greatly support our NHS, to keep people safe within their homes. Both James and Boots have been outstanding, as when Cathi Price and Darren Parson’s, FVK’s prescription co-ordinators arrive, within minutes of their arrival, they depart to distribute our resident’s medicines, averaging 15 deliveries a day for over 13 weeks. It was during one of daily collections, that Cathi, noted that James had a very special birthday coming up in June. After sharing the plan on FVK’s weekly Zoom update, Cathi was assigned to take a photo of James, following which the team could put together a special 50th birthday card for this wonderful gentleman. On the day, respecting the social distancing, Cathi walked in with a single candle, Darren carried his cake, I carried his card, all of which was filmed by Sean Price. James’ hysterical laughter as he witnessed the team walk in, followed by blowing out his candle and opening his card was priceless. It was so precious for all of the FVK team to show our upmost respect to James for all his endless hours of tireless work that he has dedicated to keeping our residents supported over this incredibly challenging times. Thank you James, you are diamond. Al Sylvester Faringdon Viral Kindness


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Hopefully we will be enjoying some nice warm weather, so we can enjoy sitting outside and enjoying ourselves. At this time of year, I usually look at barbecue wines, so let us start with the driver. That is someone driving and not drinking alcohol. I came across a delicious sparkling rose in Tesco, with 0.5 % alcohol - mouthwash has more alcohol! Clearly as a rose, you expect the light pink colour, the sparkling element adds some body to the wine, so it feels nice and lightly bubbly in your mouth. It is the flavour that bowled me over, with a nice crisp dry feel, which tasted like raspberry, then a good strawberry flavour comes through this is what a rose should taste like, so congratulations to the wine maker. I can safely have a couple of glasses at such a low percentage. On to some whites and with barbecue, this is best to have good citrus flavours, to cut through the meat you will be eating, so try something different like a Gruner Veltliner grown in Austria and Serbia. We tend to see the Austrian variety in the UK. The wine is served chilled and is a clear and pale yellow colour, sometimes it is difficult to get much from the smell, but when you taste it, it comes alive. You will get a wallop of green sharp apple plus lime and lemon, which really get your saliva running. This is great on a hot day. It is similar to Sauvignon blanc in taste style, but with a sharper taste to the citrus fruits. With red wine, you can go for the heavy Rioja wine with lamb, which is just a pairing made by nature, the acidity and the tannins complement the slightly fatty flavours of lamb. With the standard beef burger and sausage, I suggest a German Pinot Noir, they are light reds, with a pleasant taste of black cherry with perhaps some raspberry and cinnamon. If the bottle is produced in Germany, it could also be called Spatbrugunder. I have noticed these wines in both Tesco and Waitrose over the last few months. Last but not least is the sparkling wines. I prefer to recommend Cava as I find it has more fruitiness in the flavours and is generally better with food than say Prosecco. All the stores seem to have at least one own label Cava these days, so I tried them all with friends (pre lockdown). and most of us preferred the Tesco Cava Brut Non Vintage, which has a gold label. At £5.75 it is a cracking buy. Remember with the white and sparkling to keep them cool with either a bucket of ice or one of those plastic coolers. Of course it all depends on how many are drinking as the bottle will go in one round of 6 socially distanced people. Because the bottles are of course glass, you can easily wipe them down with an alcohol wipe to get rid of those pesky bugs. i hope you enjoy the barbecue weather and hope we get some. Please drink responsibly. Ian Lloyd

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Getting Back To Exercise After Lockdown The constraints of Lockdown are now starting to ease and with that our opportunities to exercise with others are increasing. Some of you have probably been exercising more than ever over the last few months, which is fabulous. For others the prospect of picking yourself up and starting to get fit again can be a daunting. Over the last week or so I have been able to visit my clients for outdoor fitness sessions and I have seen that some of you have flourished, having taken the opportunity to make long overdue lifestyle changes. For numerous reasons some have found it more challenging to remain motivated and have fallen into the trap of overeating and returning to old habits, leaving them feeling lethargic and in a low mood. My clients who have kept up a good level of fitness are now able to progress to more intense and effective exercise to achieve their goals more rapidly, and with my supervision, without injury. For those starting again after lockdown, there are positives - initial gains can come quickly, but we need to be careful to ease back into exercise gently and listen to our body. Remembering to use correct technique and good posture when exercising will reduce the risk of injury. The temptation to lift the same weights as 2 months ago is not always a good thing. The body needs to re-adapt to the workload. To avoid disappointment, frustration and injury set yourself a short programme to ease yourself into full fitness. Some suggestions: Focus on your technique - Reset your goals - Lower your weights Never sacrifice form for a heavier weight - Do fewer sets - Limit the amount of time you exercise - Get advice! If you start off steadily, concentrating on your form and not how hard you can push yourself, exercise becomes a positive experience with a sense of achievement. If you have used all this extra time to up your fitness game and are now struggling to fit it in, concentrate on working out with efficiency – it’s not how long you train for but about becoming more efficient with your exercises. Compound exercises: Instead of isolating your muscles do exercises that work multiple muscle groups at once. With just a few exercises, you could get a full-body workout. (squat and press / lunge and bicep curl). Circuits: It’s very effective to do multiple exercises in a circuit, so that you don’t rest between exercises but do rest each muscle group. Mix it up: Avoid sticking to the same workout routine for too long as your body will quickly adjust to the workload reducing effectiveness. There will be greater demands on our free time going forwards, and many more distractions too, as socialising increases. Perhaps combining socialising with working out with a friend can keep you focused. Recovery is important – get adequate rest! Find an exercise you enjoy – it will be far easier to keep motivated. To get the best results, as always, we must combine the exercise with a healthy eating regime. Start by buying in more fruit and vegetables. Adding nutritious foods will help you to ditch the high calorie treats that we have all been tempted to buy ‘to keep us going during lockdown!’ No more beige foods – bring in the colours of the rainbow! We hear about the ‘New Normal’ in the news – make healthy eating and regular exercise your new normal! Here to support you through Personal Training and Nutritional Advice Richard Marfell Wellness Coach 07800 636004

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Dear Friends Looking back over the lockdown period, many of us have picked up new skills, hobbies and interests. Many have improved their gardening skills and knowledge, some have taken on exercising as part of their daily routine. Others have learnt to appreciate nature in a new way, others have acquired new DIY skills etc. I have for the first time turned my hand to baking, and in particular, to the baking of Sourdough. It has taken me some time to perfect this and am pretty pleased with how things have gone in recent weeks. I don’t understand the chemistry of Sourdough bread, but there are only three ingredients required to make it. Flour, water and salt. That’s it, just three ingredients. Whilst the ingredients are simple, the process of making the bread is not. First, you have to make a “starter.” This is simply mixing flour and water in a bowl, keeping it somewhere warm and then “feeding “ daily with a little more of the same ingredients. In a few days the natural yeast in the atmosphere begin to ferment the mixture and the starter begins to bubble and swell. Now you are ready for stage two. That is making a Levain. This is where you mix 1 tablespoon of the Starter with 50 grams of Flour. Stir, and leave for up to 8 hours. Then add water and 10 grams of sea salt and 500 grams of strong flour and combine. Over the next several hours kneading is undertaken (up to 3 times, then it’s into the fridge overnight. My first loaf took 7 days to make! Thereafter, you “feed” the starter each day (or leave it to become dormant in the fridge, where it will live for up to a year) and you can then make a loaf within 48 hours. When ready to bake, you place the lidded casserole dish into an oven at 200C, when hot, place the dough in the dish, with the lid on for 30 minutes and then a further 10 with the lid off. Its then removed from the dish and cooled on a wire rack. Then it’s ready for some good butter and tasting. What is amazing is how long it keeps, even though no preservatives have been added. Lovely! The flavour and texture makes it one of the best breads I’ve ever eaten. A reminder of the good bread I have eaten in France. And there’s something very satisfying about making your own bread, especially when its streets better than that which you can buy. I’m told that it’s the naturally occurring yeast that is the key ingredient to a good sourdough. And all this from just 3 ingredients! But it’s the simplicity of ingredients that has prompted me to consider this as something that demands wider application. In the “New Normal” should we not encourage more simplicity in our lifestyles? Do we really want to go back to how things were before the Coronavirus hit, or can we develop a simpler, more sustainable way of living that is better for the environment and our individual and community wellbeing? With kindest Regards Fred Rev Fred Ireland Minister, Faringdon United Church

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. This is now available as either an A3 or an A4 poster, digitally printed. They will be on sale at £3 and £5 each with half the proceeds from sales to be donated to the Faringdon Food Bank in memory of Gof Smith, our late First Responder. The printing costs have been kindly covered by The Bell, so a big thanks to them. Anyone who expressed an interest either message me on FB or come to the Tuesday Markets, where I hope to have a stall. Message me, or email Thanks Al Cane

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Tel: 01367 820709 These are strange times to be living in! This month, as we take the first tentative steps towards coming out of lock down, it seems timely to explore some of the less obvious challenges that we now face. Our physical health has been the main focus of our attention but with such radical changes to our lifestyles too, what have been the effects on our mental health? What goes on in our minds is largely invisible but no less important to our overall well-being. It’s time to take stock and to put things in place, in order to value and safeguard our minds as well as our bodies for a healthy and happy future. Covid 19 is of course, a virus causing a wide range of physical symptoms from extremely mild to life threatening. Protecting ourselves, by limiting our social interactions to the bare minimum has helped to keep people physically well and this important strategy has been at the forefront of our minds. We are all grateful for the practical initiatives, solutions and hard graft that has helped to keep the basics of life just about functioning but inevitably some needs go unseen, unheeded and unmet. Just as the virus has taken its toll on our lifestyles and our physical health, it has also impacted on our mental health. Thankfully we now tend to think more in terms of sliding scales and spectrums in mental and emotional well-being rather than in giving labels. The focus is now on ‘mental health’ rather than ‘mental illness’. Just as in any assessment of health, there are times when we are in peak condition and there are times when we are under par and even near to breaking point. It fluctuates all the time. This applies to everyone, of all ages and sometimes we don’t notice that we are suffering until there is a trigger. The bursting into tears, the angry outburst or the simple lack of appetite or enthusiasm are all signs of stress and tension that may need to be addressed. It is no different than any other type of health – just sometimes, more difficult to see. In my Homeopathic Practice I have seen a marked increase in the number of patients with anxiety, stress and depression as their chief complaint or an important part of the picture, having a real impact on their quality of life. If you are starting to feel that your mental and emotional well-being has been eroded during lock down, do get in touch. From small children to the aged and everyone inbetween, we could all do with a helping hand to get us through these challenging times. No stigma, no judgment – just a safe Homeopathic space in which to get back to ‘your old self’… but better! Remote consultations available – phone, Watts app, zoom.

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GARDENSCAPE Individual Design, Construction & Maintenance To discuss your personal garden requirements phone: 01865 250372 or 07773333531 Roger Hutchence - BA (HONS) NCH (Landscape Construction)

Roberts Reflections!

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Welcome to this waspish July edition of my Ramblings. I hope that every reader has kept safe and well. With the current dip into cold and strong winds from the North, both air and water temperatures have sadly fallen – at a particularly busy time for bees, both wild, urban and professionally kept. It is a time where the presence of any Yellow-legged Hornet, known as the Asian Hornet, will have a devastating effect on hive security and viability. We’re keeping alert in the garden here, especially as we have a White-tailed Bumblebee nest in a low garden wall (so busy, from early to late, some pollen-basketed worker bees better at landing than others!). The British Beekeepers Association has much invaluable information on this non-native species of Asian predator wasp. If you find one you MUST report it, DO NOT disturb it or provoke the nest but REPORT the circular ball nest or actively flying individuals. As a highly effective predator of insects, including honey bees and other beneficial species, it can cause significant losses to bee colonies, to other native species and potentially to ecosystems Asian Hornets are most likely to be found in southern England. A possible nest was found and destroyed in Monmouthshire earlier this year. This Hornet is active between April and November (peak times August/September). Queens are up to 3cm in length; workers up to 2.5cm (slightly smaller than the native European hornet). A mostly black body except for a yellow band located towards the rear, with characteristic yellow legs. The head is orange with two brownish red compound eyes. The Asian Hornet is a day flying species which, unlike the European hornet, ceases activity at dusk. They wait for worker bees to arrive just outside the hive, dart in, capture, behead and strip muscles for brood feeding. It’s estimated that ONE hornet can kill ~50 bees a day. A typical AH nest contains ~ 500 workers. Smaller beehives contain upwards of 20,000 workers. So, the affected hive may have all its worker bees wiped out and may not be salvageable without the skill and care of an expert beekeeper. If you find an Asian hornet? 1. Please use the Asian Hornet Watch app on your smartphone to send a picture and a location via GPS in the app straight to the non-native species secretariat and National Bee Unit. 2. If you cannot download the Asian Hornet Watch app, please use this online recording form * 3. As a last resort, you send a picture and email with details of where you saw the Asian hornet with your contact details to Bees all over the World are SO important to successful food production and are SO much affected by human activity, as well as foreign predator insects, mites, viral, bacterial and fungal infections, pesticide losses and finally dysentery, when the weather turns too cold for bees to fly and “make themselves comfortable”. Stay safe and please keep an ear and eye out, for all our sakes – Citizen Scientists all! Robert Elliott

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You may remember Norman Leslie’s 90th birthday in May. Well so many came to wish him “Happy Birthday” that The Ringing World didn’t publish a picture because they were afraid all the ringers would be imprisoned ! As we were spread out up and down the road we were well outside the 2 metre rule. Daniel Watson (age 12) who has only recently joined the All Saints Faringdon band is so keen on ringing and disappointed about not being able to practice physically that he is cycling to all 14 churches with ringing bells in the Vale, from Shrivenham (10 bells) to Lyford (3 bells). He’s now learning handbell ringing as well. The lockdown is easing but I don’t know when we’ll be allowed to ring. The physical location of the ropes would make social (or antisocial) distancing virtually impossible. If you miss the sound of church bells (I hope you do) BBC Bells on Sunday has a tremendous selection on line.


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We cannot welcome you to visit ringing at the moment but if you would like to know more about bellringing you can contact us by emailing

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Faringdon Business Breakfast Club Our May 20 meeting was held in the ever more familiar Zoom environment. It was well attended by our regular members. We opened the meeting by conducting a couple of surveys or polls and some lively and creative discussions took place. Initially we asked attendees for their views on how prepared they might be for a repeat crisis and there was a strong consensus that Marketing and Sales were high on the agenda for improvement but also recognition that some benefits had come from the current situation. Our second and more light-hearted poll concluded that Laura Kuenssberg, Boris Johnson, Jacinda Arden and Sir Tom Moore would be welcomed to any outdoor dinner party if that became possible. We used the Breakout Room facility within Zoom to discuss in groups of 4 – 6 how, as businesses, we would plan to build future resilience. At the top of the list in all the groups was Improved on-line presence especially LinkedIn for servicebased businesses. In the discussion we held as a large group it became clear that the power of short video clips about the offerings our business could be provide was important. Therefore, we concluded to challenge all attendees to make a short promo video about themselves that could be reviewed at the next meeting. If sufficient materiel is generated, we will consider creating a dedicated FBBC YouTube channel to advertise members services and activity. Despite the uncertainty that we are all facing there was and continues to be a positive attitude towards the future and recognition that some of the less attractive aspects of business pre-COVID 19 would be replaced with some of the positive features that evolving. There was even a suggestion that formal holidays might be a thing of the past. Employees would be given more output-based targets that might give them the flexibility to take longer, more frequent, or even no vacation! Our next meeting on 6 Jul will start at the new time of 8:15am and once again will be conducted on Zoom. Details and Registration are on the FBBC website:

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The society are considering erecting some ‘easy-access’ raised plots, for rent by people who now find gardening at ground-level too difficult, If you’d be interested in renting such a plot contact e:

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01367 244895 07435 977336 Looking for a car? Please feel free to pop in or visit our web site! Good reliable cars, at sensible prices! Behind the ESSO Garage, Unit 3 RAC, Park Road, Faringdon SN7 8LA

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